http://www.buffzone.com/ci_13065313?source=most_viewed This article could have been written today. Exchange some names and it makes perfect sense. Too bad it happened 3+ yrs ago :wow: What a joke :sad2::sad1: Give Colorado football coach Dan Hawkins this much: If some of his peers were asked, as Hawkins was Sunday night, whether they were playing their best players, they would react with scowls and growls. Hawkins absorbed the question in stride and answered patiently. He said he could understand why a layman watching CU games this season from the stands or the press box might be scratching his head when he sees, for example, former walk-ons Cody Crawford and Nick Holz lined up at wide receiver with players such as Blake Mackey, Dusty Sprague, Alvin Barnett and Patrick Williams watching from the sidelines. "We're definitely trying to play the best guys," Hawkins said. "Why would we not? "When you look at the best players, there is a lot that goes into that. When you're building a championship football program, there are certain things that have to go into that. You have certain standards and all that. "...It's not just about who is the fastest or who's the biggest or who's the strongest. It's who, A, can execute and do all those things. There are obviously little nuances all the time that happen in a football game that people don't necessarily notice, but as coaches you look at them. Why would we not want to do that? Why would we want to have our worst players on the field? That doesn't make any sense." Hawkins also said the Buffs are relying on a lot of walk-ons or former walk-ons this season, in part out of necessity, based on the state of the roster they inherited. Hawkins said he is five scholarships down. The Buffs are 0-6 and still looking for their first win under Hawkins after a loss in triple overtime to the Baylor Bears on Saturday. They have tied the program's record for the longest losing streak at 10 consecutive games, and they have the third-longest active losing streak in the country. Hawkins has withheld playing time as a way to send a message to underachievers and players who don't consistently bring the proper level of intensity and toughness to practices. He's not about to apologize for his philosophies or change a formula that has proven to be successful at every stop in his coaching career. The problem here and now, however, is that his team can't consistently pass the ball, and it is especially challenged to do so in situations where opponents are expecting it. The Buffs found themselves in just such a situation at the end of the fourth quarter against Baylor. They had two timeouts, the ball on their 23-yard line and Mason Crosby's leg needing only 29 yards to have a legitimate shot at a winning field goal. Hawkins went conservative and played for overtime, demonstrating a lack of faith in his offense to get the job done. Part of that decision is based on the inexperience of quarterback Bernard Jackson, and part of it is based on a receiving corps that has been unable to consistently make big plays or even produce a player who is consistent from week to week. Jackson spent the past three years riding the pine at CU before earning the starting job in Week 2 this year. He knows a thing or two about the frustration of watching from the sidelines when a player believes he could be helping. Jackson was also asked Sunday whether coaches are surrounding him with his most talented offensive teammates. "It's hard to say," Jackson said. "I think so, given the opportunity we had this past week. It's every week we're in a position to make big plays no matter who is in." Mackey, a senior who led the Buffs in total reception yardage in the 2004 season and missed 2005 with a knee injury, hasn't caught a ball yet this season. He said he is struggling to understand exactly what more he can do to prove himself to Hawkins and wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau. "I'm not a quitter. I'm not going to do that. So there is only one thing to do. Keep fighting and keep making plays in practice and hopefully, I can do it in the game. Hopefully, I get a chance. "They are the ones who decide who is the best, and it's their opinion that matters I guess. My opinion probably doesn't matter I guess in this situation because I'm not making the decisions, but I definitely feel like I can help the team win. I definitely feel like I can do some of the things I did before."